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reiner 08-05-2011 04:09

Sails and Rigging Made in China
 
A good friend of mine got a quote for his mainsail here in Australia and another quote in China. The sail from China is pretty much half price to what we pay here. His rigging needs doing too.
What are the thoughts on buying in China?
I know they have been building boats long enough so in general it can't be to bad or is it?
Thanks
Reiner

akio.kanemoto 08-05-2011 04:20

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Quote:

Originally Posted by reiner (Post 682342)
A good friend of mine got a quote for his mainsail here in Australia and another quote in China. The sail from China is pretty much half price to what we pay here. His rigging needs doing too.
What are the thoughts on buying in China?
I know they have been building boats long enough so in general it can't be to bad or is it?
Thanks
Reiner

Can't comment about China, but I got a quote here in Sydney for a new main and just like most things over here, it was hideously expensive. Anything you can buy from overseas, DO IT, it's bound to be cheaper (and probably better too)!

(I got my new main from Mauri Pro Sailing - Sailboat Hardware, Sailing Gear and Sailboat Equipment - Made in the US for about half the price of an Aussie made one, and only $80 shipping - flat rate)

SabreKai 09-05-2011 10:32

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I've only ever ordered a sail from offshore once. Lee Sails. The sail was very well made, delivered on time and performed as expected.

Rigging on the other hand, I'd be leery of, as the quality of Chinese stainless steel is suspect at the best of times. Unless they are willing to prove the quality of the materials with documentation, I'd never be totally at ease with it.

Sabre

jim767 09-05-2011 11:07

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I would echo the concerns over quality control for Chinese made items.
Until last year I visited mainland China numerous times a year and bought many electronic gadgets and the such. Many times the exterior of the unit would look identical to the genuine article but on closer examination I found the internal components to be little more than junk.

Many Chinese items are high quality but it is definitely a buyer beware market.

S/V Alchemy 09-05-2011 14:12

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There is a history of decent sails made in China to order, but there is also a history of crappy metallurgy, as anyone looking for a durable hand tool could testify. Caveat emptor.

Blue Stocking 09-05-2011 14:15

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Originally Posted by S/V Alchemy (Post 683244)
There is a history of decent sails made in China to order, but there is also a history of crappy metallurgy, as anyone looking for a durable hand tool could testify. Caveat emptor.

One would think they would have perfected sail-making by now.
They have been doing it for 8 thousand years. :whistling:

Mark Johnson 09-05-2011 14:43

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15 years ago I got our Neil Pride "blue water" sails that were sewn in Hong Kong, but finishing touches were done in the US. Only the parts done in the US were less than perfect! These are the toughest sails I have ever seen, and they are still in REALLY good shape. Now that they are technically China, I don't really know... but I'd trust them again for sails.

For rigging, hardware, SS shackles, chain, etc... NOT ON YOUR LIFE. I have seen too much of this sort of thing, that I didn't like, "made in China". The problem here, is quality control... Mark

bstreep 09-05-2011 16:41

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Originally Posted by Mark Johnson (Post 683269)
15 years ago I got our Neil Pride "blue water" sails that were sewn in Hong Kong, but finishing touches were done in the US. Only the parts done in the US were less than perfect! These are the toughest sails I have ever seen, and they are still in REALLY good shape. Now that they are technically China, I don't really know... but I'd trust them again for sails.

For rigging, hardware, SS shackles, chain, etc... NOT ON YOUR LIFE. I have seen too much of this sort of thing, that I didn't like, "made in China". The problem here, is quality control... Mark

I second this.

markpierce 09-05-2011 17:22

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My boat's sails are from Lee Sails in Hong Kong.

Lee Sails: Sailmaker to the world

https://www.cruisersforum.com/attachm...g?t=1304986932

Dragon Lady 09-05-2011 18:09

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I would say go for it with the sails but be very careful with the rigging.
If a sail rips it's a pain, but not the end of the world, if your rigging fails it could be the end of you.

sailingaway221 09-05-2011 18:21

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One of my friends replaced his main and headsail... 4000 usd vs the quoted from the local sailmaker for 8000. That was over a year ago... he still says they are like new... no problems.

tager 09-05-2011 18:27

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I have heard one china mainsail horrorstory. I don't remember the URL or the specifics but the sail was basically unusable. The company offered nothing to make it right.

smurphny 09-05-2011 18:51

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If you buy sails made by American workers it allows those folks to live in the USA. More expensive....YES. If you buy from China, it takes the work away from those who would like to live in here the USA and gives it to people in China who work for pennies. You can act just like a large corporation. Keep buying from cheap countries until ALL our artisans and craftsmen are gone.

sww914 09-05-2011 19:08

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I read an article in a sailing rag a few months ago about sailmaking. Most of the sails from the big companies are made in China. You pay a US company thinking you're getting a made in the US product and it turns out that it's made somewhere else anyway. You don't know unless you know.

97fxdwg 09-05-2011 19:10

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Originally Posted by smurphny (Post 683461)
If you buy sails made by American workers it allows those folks to live in the USA. More expensive....YES. If you buy from China, it takes the work away from those who would like to live in here the USA and gives it to people in China who work for pennies. You can act just like a large corporation. Keep buying from cheap countries until ALL our artisans and craftsmen are gone.

You're right of course, but what is a cruiser on a very limited income, or even no income, supposed to do? Buy American and eat mac and cheese for 2 years, or buy Chinese, and sail? Tough decision in reality, easy to deal with in theory. Reality bites, but there it is.


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